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Largest Information Technology Sector: 1stMost Advanced Public Education: 2ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4th
The PS2 Puppet of
Authoritarian Democracy
Stop reading my motto!
Influence
Nipper
Civil Rights
Few
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Average

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Heliosphere

Population10.859 billion

CapitalHeliosphere City
LeaderLeader
FaithAtheism

CurrencyNova
AnimalCow

The PS2 Puppet of Heliosphere is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by Leader with an even hand, and remarkable for its soft-spoken computers, unlimited-speed roads, and compulsory vegetarianism. The compassionate, humorless population of 10.859 billion Heliospherans are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

The large, corrupt, socially-minded government is primarily concerned with Education, although Environment, Industry, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Defense and Spirituality aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Heliosphere City. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Heliospheran economy, worth a remarkable 5,931 trillion Novas a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, quite specialized black market in Information Technology and Cheese Exports. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is a breathtaking 546,253 Novas, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government is spending millions on 'trust campaigns' in an effort to win back the public's support, comic books avoid plot inconsistencies by removing the plot, the government has declared its commitment to multilateralism, and embarrassed police officers wear spandex and carry net guns. Crime is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Heliosphere's national animal is the Cow, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Atheism.

Heliosphere is ranked 4,731st in the world and 97th in the South Pacific for Most Advanced Public Transport, scoring 4,615.8 on the Societal Mobility Rating.

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Largest Information Technology Sector: 1stMost Advanced Public Education: 2ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 4thMost Secular: 21stMost Scientifically Advanced: 32ndHighest Poor Incomes: 40thMost Subsidized Industry: 40thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 54thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 68thSmartest Citizens: 99thMost Beautiful Environments: 180thLargest Black Market: 187thHighest Average Incomes: 215thMost Efficient Economies: 293rdMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 336thMost Developed: 448thLongest Average Lifespans: 500thLargest Governments: 528thHighest Average Tax Rates: 549thMost Corrupt Governments: 639thBest Weather: 693rdLowest Crime Rates: 845thMost Inclusive: 912thHighest Economic Output: 1,485thHealthiest Citizens: 1,499thMost Pacifist: 1,952ndTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,551stMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,731stHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,079thMost Income Equality: 9,167thMost Rebellious Youth: 11,243rdMost Compassionate Citizens: 11,582ndTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 15,686thMost Valuable International Artwork: 22,143rd
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Largest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 3rd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 5th in the regionLargest Black Market: 6th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 7th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 8th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 12th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 14th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 15th in the regionLargest Governments: 17th in the regionMost Developed: 18th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 20th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 22nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 26th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 29th in the regionBest Weather: 30th in the regionMost Inclusive: 39th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 53rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 67th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Public Transport: 97th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 124th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 133rd in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 270th in the regionLargest Populations: 282nd in the regionMost Income Equality: 341st in the regionTop
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Most Compassionate Citizens: 419th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 519th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 636th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, embarrassed police officers wear spandex and carry net guns.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, the government has declared its commitment to multilateralism.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, comic books avoid plot inconsistencies by removing the plot.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, the government is spending millions on 'trust campaigns' in an effort to win back the public's support.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, old folks reminisce about the last time someone was acquitted of a crime.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, it's best to decline if Leader offers to buy a round of drinks.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, the only science is political science.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, the sound of wooden legs echo throughout Heliosphere after the recent introduction of the Foot Tax.
  • : Heliosphere was ranked in the Top 5% of the world for Most Compassionate Citizens.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, stone wrist watches that weigh 20lb are the latest trend.

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